Deadly Manners: A Podcast Experience
Deadly Manners is a 10 episode, dark comedy murder-mystery series set in the winter of 1954. It follows the events during the night of the affluent Billings family annual dinner party with their distinguished, eccentric guests. However, all is not fun and games as shortly after the party starts, a snowstorm begins to rage outside, trapping all the partygoers inside their host’s mansion. When a murderer starts killing off those in attendance, the guests must figure out who is responsible, or at least how to stay alive -- lest they be next.
We are introduced to Billings family and their esteemed dinner guests. That is until, the power went out.
Everyone starts to pick up the pieces and we are introduced to James Eggly (a former silent film star) as well as Barbara DuPont (Veronica's socialite nemesis.)
We find out what happened when the lights turned back on and the house is faced with a food emergency.
News of the party's latest casualty spreads and the fortune teller takes center stage.
The party deals with corpse tampering and there is something fishy about the beef wellington.
The party learns the origins of Nancy's marriage to Roger and the wine starts flowing.
Olivia starts interrogating several of the evening's suspects and a dark secret is unearthed.
In the eighth chapter of Deadly Manners, one of the party's biggest secrets becomes jeopardized.
Hamfisted and overacted, Deadly Manners is a delight to listen to while most people with any experience in murder mystery stories will most likely glean who the killer is by the end of episode 2 (perhaps 3 if you're not trying). It filled time and was enjoyable enough with fun characters that I was casting in my mind throughout. It tried to build to its profanity punchlines which weren't my cup of tea but did have some solid dark humor moments.
It is ok.
Decent premise but the social commentary shoehorned into the dialogue makes it unenjoyable. Hard pass.
A Podcast Classic
poorly acted, REALLY poorly acted. There's a few moments of surprise, but over all the story is just bad.